Chambersburg, PA
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

Pastor's Thoughts

“Generosity & Hypocrisy” Sermon Text

Last week, a new theme was introduced to the book of Acts that recurs throughout, and that was the theme of opposition. That, nearly as soon as the NT Church is born, and as soon as the church begins to grow, it begins to face opposition. Opposition is part of the story of the church…

Galatians Timeline & Map

The churches of Galatia, to whom Paul is writing in his letter to the Galatians, were the churches that Paul planted on his first missionary journey in the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe. You can read about it in Acts 13-14, and you can see it below. Thanks to David Barrett for the great map!…

No Other Gospel

This Sunday we will be starting a new sermon series through Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In Galatians, Paul passionately defends the gospel of God’s grace against those who would distort it by suggesting that our justification before God comes in part by our own righteousness, instead of solely through faith in what Christ has…

Recommended Reading

There’s a lot of Christian books out there, and much less that are worthwhile. These aren’t the best books out there, but the best books I read this past year. I’m happy to lend out any of these books to you if you’ll give them back. Recommended: Holiness by JC Ryle: Besides feeling a bit on the…

5 Reasons We Baptize Infants of Believers

This past weekend I had the privilege of baptizing my son. He is 5 months old. Depending on one’s church background, this can be a very normal thing or a very odd thing – even a dangerous thing which reflects liberalism, nominalism, baptismal regeneration, etc. However, not only does it have (I believe) historical precedence, but it is…

What does “Presbyterian” even mean?

I’m 3/4 of the way done teaching our membership class. This is only our second time going through the class, but it is becoming a favorite of mine. Not only do I have the chance to get to know better some great people, but also we get to discuss exciting things like church polity. Ok, that isn’t the…

Jonah & Ruth Overviews

After our series in Hebrews, we’ll be doing 2 short series in Jonah & Ruth. Both Jonah and Ruth are somewhat unique books in the Old Testament, and share some commonalities and contrasts: They both are vivid stories which are told in a 4-scene structure, they both deal with the themes of faithfulness and the…

Justification & Sanctification

We’ve been looking at Hebrews 12 and the call for Christians to strive for holiness in their lives. Distinguishing between “Justification” & “Sanctification” is very important to understanding the Christian gospel. Here are the definitions given by the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins,…

A Fashionable Faith?

“Christianity especially has always thrived under persecution. For then it has no lukewarm professors.” – William Wilberforce In the early days of the Church, Christianity was not a legal religion in the Roman Empire, which created a climate of expected, though intermittent, persecution. Church Historian Stephen Neill describes it in this way: “Every Christian knew that sooner or…